Natalie Wexler on Her New Book, ‘The Knowledge Gap’ — The Learning Curve

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In their Newsmaker Interview, Bob & Cara talk with Natalie Wexler, author of The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System-And How to Fix It, about the shift in K-12 education, even in the Common Core era, from an emphasis on academic content to empty skills and strategies.

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About the Newsmaker Interview Guest:

Natalie Wexler is the author of The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System-And How to Fix It (Avery 2019). The book focuses on the lack of content in the elementary curriculum and its connection to what is commonly known as the achievement gap-the gap in test scores between affluent and low-income students. Natalie is also the co-author, with Judith C. Hochman, of The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades (Jossey-Bass 2017), and a senior contributor to the education channel at

Natalie Wexler twitter: @natwexler

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